Effectiveness of Wildlife Underpasses and Fencing to Reduce Wildlife–Vehicle Collisions

  • McCollister M
  • van Manen F
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Abstract Transportation planners are increasingly incorporating roadway design features to mitigate impacts of highways on wildlife and to increase driver safety. We used camera and track surveys to evaluate wildlife use before and after construction of 3 wildlife underpasses and associated fencing on a new section of United States Highway 64 in Washington County, North Carolina, USA. We recorded 242 occasions of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) use of underpass areas before highway construction began. Following completion of the highway, we collected 2,433 photographs of 9 species with deer representing 93% of all crossings. Adjusting for differences in number of monitoring days, white-tailed deer use of underpass areas averaged 6.7 times greater after the new highway and underpasses were completed. We recorded 3,614 wildlife crossings of ≥20 species based on track counts, representing most medium and large mammals known to occur in the area and several reptiles and birds. After completion of t...

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McCollister, M. F., & van Manen, F. T. (2010). Effectiveness of Wildlife Underpasses and Fencing to Reduce Wildlife–Vehicle Collisions. Journal of Wildlife Management, 74(8), 1722–1731. https://doi.org/10.2193/2009-535

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